Donald Trump Asked Chinese President To Resolve UCLA Shoplifting Case

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Hangzhou, China, police arrested the three Bruins last week on shoplifting charges, and they didn't fly home with the rest of the team.

The Bruins were stationed in China to prepare for a season-opener against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Saturday.

President Trump reportedly brought the case up with Xi Jinping during his recent visit to the country.

Arriving the day after the players were arrested, Trump reportedly raised the players' predicament during his visit to Beijing.

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Surveillance video of the players appeared to show them shoplifting from stores inside of the high-end shopping complex including Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent.

"After Trump raised the matter, Xi promised to look into the case and ensure that the players are treated fairly and expeditiously, said a US official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation", the Post reported.

Citing a source with firsthand knowledge of the investigation, ESPN reported the players could be in Hangzhou for "a week or two" while the situation is resolved.

According to Nakamura, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed to him via email that Trump personally reached out to Jinping.

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An anonymous USA official told the Post that charges against the three players have been reduced and that the case is headed toward a resolution.

The three players remain in China and could be required to stay there for the next couple of weeks.

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